I realllly have a hard time with not commenting on posts on social media about dogs, bulldogs, nutrition and pet-medicine. I succeed 90% of the times but one thing I aaalways feel obligated to comment, is when I see the following:
"Hi! We are looking for a healthy bulldog. It is not going to be used for shows, so we don't care about pedigree." (-or versions of that)
Once and for all I need to tell you that the pedigree has nothing to do with show-dogs, except that show-dogs have to have a pedigree.
Here´s why you need to choose a dog with FCI approved pedigree.
Have you thought about why you want an english bulldog? Is it the temper? Grooming level? Size? Looks? Is it because of the charm? Stubbornness? The weight?
I hope you've had a good think about this, before you've made the decision.
Now, the only way you can be sure you get, whatever made you decide on the bulldog, is to choose a FCI approved pedigree-bulldog.
Breeders who is approved by FCI or one of the FCI registered kennelclubs is serious about preserving and maintaining the breed you have chosen, the way it is supposed to look and act. Every breed has a detailed description. How big it should be, how much it should wheigt, how the coat is supposed to be, how it should move ao. It describes how the bulldog is alert, bold, loyal, dependable, courageous, fierce in appearance, but possessed of affectionate nature. You can see this description (it's called a standard) HERE.
FCI approved pedigrees insures your dog is purebred. That means you get a dog with the right temper, the right look, the right grooming-level, the right activity-level, the right size ao.
If your dog does'nt have a pedigree, it is not certain that it is in fact the breed you have chosen. The possibility of it containing other breeds, is big.
Lets say you by a bulldog because you like it beeing calm and without a big urge to hunt. You found a cute one without a pedigree. The breeder is very honest (Not everyone is!) and tells you that the granfather of the puppy is a beagle, but both parents are very bulldog-like in their temper so you should'nt worry. Now you can be lucky that your puppy develops into a standard-looking bulldog with a bold, loyal and dependable temper.
BUT! You can also be unlucky (Not that owners of beagles is unlucky, it was just not a beagle you wanted). It might have the strong urge to hunt and a high energy-level compared to the bulldog.
You chose the bulldog breed for some reason. You love the bulldog breed for some reason. Be responsible and buy your dog from a breeder that supports this ancient breed and devotes themselve to maintain it as it should be. Or else... the breed you wanted, is suddenly no longer available.
Some crossbreed advocates, states that crossbred bulldogs are healthier and lives longer: "My non-pedigree "bulldog" is healthy and has never had a genetic problem". That might be true.. But this is living creatures we are dealing with! When a serious breeder choose to breed two pedigree bulldogs to each-other, he/she have a lot of insight in what the pro's and cons are. Some bulldogs are prone to having no tales, so the best way to breed away from that, is choosing a mate with a pedigree full of anchestry's with longer tales. It's not a insurance that all the puppies will have long tales, but they, however, will have a maximum change of acting like, and have the body of a standard bulldog. In contrast to the Beagle/Bulldog mix you considered buying. Sure! They all had longer tales but 7 out of 8 puppies became much smaller in stature like their granfather-beagle, -and not what really suited you and your family.
I need to state loud and clear, that I am not against adopting shelter-dogs (wich are mixed breeds in 90% of the cases). I am a animal- and doglover at heart and I wish the best lives for all animals, pedigree or no pedigree! But I am an education-lover as well. So if you are bying a shelter dog, be sure to have an idea of what breed-mix you are adopting, so you are prepared that the dog can act more like one of the breeds than the other.
I do not support breeders that mix breeds to make "designer-dogs".
I support breeders that breeds purebred dogs with FCI approved pedigrees. These breeders have put a lot of effort, money and time into making your dog as healthy and racetypical as possible. THAT is why you choose to buy a dog with pedigree.
BellusValentino (Odie) and his father Nobozz Maximus (Max).